Military pensioner gains compensation for deafness caused in service.

If your deafness or hearing loss was caused by service in the armed forces you could be eligible for compensation.

Over the years despite huge strides in health and safety across industry, those employed by the military have very often been left behind as far as legislation is concerned.

The situation is now much better and many people employed in the forces are able to exercise their legal rights much more freely.

Since 1987 it has been possible for military personnel to claim compensation for personal injury including hearing loss and tinnitus. This assumes that the Ministry of Defence was negligent or in breach of its statutory duties in failing to protect the personnel.

If the hearing loss resulted from unsafe training or equipment that was not working properly, it may be possible to make a compensation claim against the MoD.

The situation is now much better and many people employed in the forces are able to exercise their legal rights much more freely.

Losing your hearing can be debilitating, you may face difficulties at work if you cannot hear those around you. If your hearing loss is severe and you work in a high risk environment, it may even become dangerous for you to continue working. Things which are usually taken for granted, such as using the telephone, can become difficult and frustrating. Following conversation when socialising can become impossible, especially in a busy restaurant or pub where there is lots of background noise.

At Treadstone Law we received instructions from a retired gentleman who had been employed by the Ministry of Defence in Her Majesty’s Armed Services.

He was exposed to noisy engines and machinery during his service, but was not provided with adequate hearing protection and, as a consequence, he has suffered Industrial Deafness.

We succeeded in the claim after only 8 months and have obtained settlement in the sum of £7,500 for him.

If you’d like information on any aspect of industrial deaafness claims in particular or armed forces claims generally, please contact us today on 0161 685 0070 or use the form below.

Useful Links

RNID  – British Deaf Association – HSE on noise induced hearing loss NIHL – ear protection information(HSE pdf) – Textile workers claiming for industrial deafness – Do not underestimate the hazard of noise in the workplace.


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